Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded $59.0 Million Strategic Contract from U.S. Navy for Next Generation Satellite Earth Station Equipment

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced April 16th that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received a $59.0 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Naval Warfare Systems Command. The first delivery order for $7.9 million was received and related production has commenced immediately. The contract includes five one-year ordering periods. The contract specified Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650B Satellite Modem, SLM-5650B upgrade kits, firmware upgrades and technical support services. The SLM-5650B Satellite Modem…

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F-35 gets precision target engagement with Raytheon JSOW missile

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s C variant, keeping the low-cost, air-to-ground missile on track for full deployment in 2019. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously. JSOW C weighs 1,000 pounds and is effective against high-value land targets at ranges greater than 70 nautical miles, day or night, and in adverse weather conditions. “With JSOW C in…

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USNS Mercy arrives in Singapore during Pacific Partnership 2018

Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Changi, Singapore on April 13 for a port call. During the visit, the crew will conduct routine maintenance, load additional supplies onto the ship, and prepare for the second mission stop in Port Kelang, Malaysia. “The crew and I are excited to visit Singapore and to get the chance to experience this wonderful city,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. ”This brief visit provides a…

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Empire State Conducts First Mooring Operation at Hawaii PAR Terminal

Military Sealift Command charter ship MT Empire State conducted mooring operations at the PAR Hawaii single point mooring (SPM) terminal off the coast of Barbers Point, Hawaii, April 10 and 11. The operation was part of a proof of concept for the expeditionary fueling at sea program. Utilizing commercial tug boats and exceptional ship handling, Empire State moored to the SPM and received fuel hoses. A tug connected to the stern of the ship, ensured the tanker ship stayed in line with the 50 foot SPM, for the 24 hours…

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Naval aviation depots improving aircraft production

Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Centers have eliminated the backlog of aircraft awaiting depot-level repairs and met production goals for the last two years, according to Martin Ahmad, deputy Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC). Ahmad briefed the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and COMFRC’s recent and future initiatives at the Sea Air Space Exposition April 10. Motivated by a sense of urgency and our near-peer competitors, COMFRC is focused on delivering readiness, he said. “We have to win the fight, and to win it, we have to have equipment on…

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Three Individuals Indicted for Bribing Naval Employee to Allow Them to Make Unauthorized Liquor Purchases

April 10, 2018 – Three New York residents were indicted today in two separate indictments for providing cash bribes to an employee of the U.S. Department of the Navy to make unauthorized liquor purchases at a Navy Exchange (NEX), announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Adam Agaev, 43, and David Manasherov, 37, both of Brooklyn, New York, were charged together in a nine-count indictment, and Edwin D. Fragoso, 44, of Freeport, New York, was charged in a six-count indictment, all in the…

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Recap of 2018 Sea-Air-Space

2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition: Day One The Navy League’s 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition began with a Sea Services Update and Global Pacific Panel, April 9, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, Vice Adm. William R. Merz; Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Glenn M. Walters; Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Charles D. Michel; and Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration, Retired Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby served as panelists for the update. Merz’s…

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Ships Announced for 2018 New York Fleet Week

The Ships and Locations for New York Fleet Week 2018 Manhattan, Pier 90: • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Norfolk, Virginia. Arlington will embark several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland (Vessels depart Saturday, May26) • Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127), from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: (In the Red Hook…

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McCormack Assumes Director Duties of Naval Surface Warfare Center

Mr. Donald F. McCormack, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers assumed Director duties from Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center at a Change of Office held at the Washington Navy Yard, March 29, 2018. Druggan served as commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center from August 2016 to March 2018 and assumed additional duty as the Department of Defense Executive Manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training. In cooperation with the Naval Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor, Druggan led the…

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Elbit Systems of America Highlights Advanced Sensor and Data Fusion Capabilities for the Navy & Marine Corps

Bringing enhanced situational awareness to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps missions is a priority for Elbit Systems of America. The company will feature an innovative suite of intelligent pilot interfaces, advanced seekers for precision guided munitions, sustainment and support solutions, and embedded virtual training at the annual Sea-Air-Space Exhibition. The exhibition runs April 9-11, 2018 at the Gaylord National Convention Center, near Washington, D.C. “Our company is an established leader that brings sensor and data fusion for the Navy and Marine Corps,” stated Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. “The trusted and proven capabilities we offer enhance situational awareness…

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HSC-28 Supports Obangame Express 2018

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting flight operations from the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of exercise Obangame Express 2018, the largest regional maritime exercise in West Africa. The eight-day exercise, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, focuses on countering the trafficking of illegal arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal migration, piracy, and illegal fishing. Additionally, maritime interdiction operations and search and rescue training are incorporated as part of the exercise. HSC-28, known as the “Dragon Whales,” actively deploy with the Second,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 23, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $239,691,086 advanced acquisition contract for long-lead materials, parts, and components for 137 low rate initial Production Lot 12 F135 propulsion systems for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This includes 46 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 20 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy; 63 F135-PW-100 and four F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S. DoD…

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Carderock Engineer s Work on Risk Assessment in Bridges Benefits Shipbuilding

Dr. Alysson Mondoro, a recently hired engineer with the Performance Evaluation Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, is finding ways to “bridge” together her academic skillsets on the job. Mondoro started at Carderock in December 2017 after completing her doctorate in structural engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Her work during her doctorate was recently published in Engineering Structures volume 159, 2018 edition, in an article titled, “Risk-based cost-benefit analysis for the retrofit of…

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